The Total Defeat Of The Man Who Said He Owned The Word 'Edge'

We've given Tim Langdell a wide berth (like, for nearly two years) rather than assault you with incremental developments in the legal proceedings involving his ridiculous, all-encompassing trademark claims to the word "Edge." But we'll check in now, as a court ruling in the U.K. affirms what many have long suspected: His entire operation is a sham.

Let's recap: Langdell's ownership of the mark "Edge," which dated back to a PC gaming studio established in the 1980s, was widely known and widely resented, but lurked beneath the waves, unchallenged, for many years. It's partly the reason why Soulcalibur's predecessor took the name Soul Blade in the west, rather than Soul Edge.

In 2009, the removal of an iPhone game called Edge, demanded by Langdell, created a huge stink. In the aftermath, Langdell was kicked off the board of the International Game Developers Association and, in 2010, lost his U.S. trademarks in the settlement of a suit brought by Electronic Arts.

Anyway, much of what EA alleged — that Langdell falsified documents and specimens used to obtain trademark registrations — has echoes in the latest ruling, coming in a case involving Langdell and Future Publishing, whom you may know from such games industry magazines (and accompanying websites) as EDGE.

The two actually had a licensing agreement at one point, dating back to 1994, when EDGE sought to trademark its title and ran up against Langdell's Edge Games, then only four years old. But Langdell took the relationship a step further, claiming in his IGDA bio that his brand had "spawned EDGE magazine." That's called "passing off" and there's actually a law against it. Then, in a retcon that fooled no one (least of all this British judge), Edge Games' logo looked curiously a lot like the magazine's.

Langdell claimed Edge Games' logo (the one that looked like the magazine's) was actually created in 1991, and its original copy was on a 1991 floppy disc that was too delicate to ship to the court. Not buying it, the court said cough it up, and the disc was sent to a third party for analysis.

They found the file had been created with Windows 95.

There is a staggering, longwinded tale of bullshit that flows from this, and courts being courts, every ridiculous "yes, but" claim Langdell makes when his deceptions are discovered engenders a new round of by-the-book verification and then proof that he's lying. So the writeup is quite long.

The bottom line is a painful two-year process initiated by serious parties who make genuine contributions to the games industry has, at last, fully lanced the boil on its arse.

Tim Langdell Loses In Future "Edge" Trial [Rock, Paper Shotgun. Top image via Chaos Edge.]


Comments

    HOORAY!
    That guy was a dick.

    I wonder what Adam Copeland would have to say about this matter.

    Wow, what a trademark troll. Why does the patent office even allow this? If the guy just aggressively trolls other companies for money without using the name he trademarked, he should have it revoked.

      it's a name odds are he was using it.

      in a letter head somewhere which would be all that was required i would think.

    Awesome. Really didn't like that guy. He probably hit Google every to find someone to sue.

    What about edge from u2? Darkness on the edge of town?

      Well they both pre-date Langdell's little operation by a fair way so they'd be pretty safe. And even if he had tried it, both The Edge and Bruce Springsteen would have enough financial clout to shove the lawsuit straight back up his arse with a candle on it.

      Trademarks are awarded for use in a particular category. So Langdell's trademark would not be applicable in the field of music, for instance.

    Now can we have Mirror's Edge 2?

    LOL @ "They found the file had been created with Windows 95."

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